Friday, December 01, 2017

Written by Hand Review & GIVEAWAY

I admire the artistry of beautiful penmanship, lettering and calligraphy. I do not like my own handwriting - it's inconsistent, sloppy, even hard to read. I would love to refine it. Whether I'm jotting down a to-do list, writing a greeting card or filling out a form I would like my handwriting to be expressive, unique and readable. I came across a new book aimed at doing exactly that and more Written by Hand: Techniques and Tips to Make Your Everyday Handwriting More Beautiful by Erica Tighe. This 160 page write-in workbook features guided exercises for improving handwriting. Just add a No. 2 pencil, pen and eraser. The smooth pages are specially lined to help you practice form, size, height, spacing etc. until they become second nature. The soft, light colored pages are easy on the eyes. Jump right in to the exercises by examining your own handwriting. Move through a series of practical handwriting exercises which are broken down to show the line strokes of how each letter is made. Try out various font styles. Mix it up with some hand lettering. Continue with prompts for further practice. I'm finding it rather interesting. Despite our reliance on keyboards for communication, good handwriting is still a valuable skill in everyday life. Would you like to improve your handwriting too? Get your copy below!


Fun Facts about Handwriting
Practice Quotes
Look at Your own Writing
Basic Terminology & Anatomy of Type
Practicing the Downstroke
Types of Lined paper

Types of Fonts
 Sans Serif
 Bold Serif
Faux Calligraphy
Get Playful!
Writing Correspondence
Mixing Lettering Styles
Graphic Text

In Closing
50 Writing Prompts
Dedication & Acknowledgments
Works Cited

Fun Facts About Handwriting

Graphology is the study of handwriting analysis.
Small letters indicate that you are shy or withdrawn.
Average letters indicate that you are well-adjusted.

Large letters indicate that you are outgoing and seek attention.
Wide spacing indicates you enjoy your freedom.
Narrow spacing means you can’t stand to be alone.
No slant means you tend to be logical and practical.
Slant to the right means you are open to new experiences.
Slant to the left means you tend to keep to yourself.
Rounded letters mean you are creative and artistic.
Pointed letters mean you are more aggressive and very intelligent.
Connected letters mean you are logical and systematic.
Heavy pressure indicates that you are good with commitment and have high levels of energy.
Light pressure indicates you are sensitive and show empathy as well as lack energy.
An open 'o' means you are talkative and social with little secrecy.
A closed 'o' means you are very private and an introvert.

From page 14.

Photo of some exercises on page 44.

"Beautify your life by perfecting your handwriting!" Photo I took of back cover.

Written by Hand is published by Rock Point Gift & Stationery a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check our their unique catalog at Rock Point Gift & Stationery. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Written by Hand! One winner will be selected at random. Open until December 17, 2017. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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  1. I would love to have the book Learn American Sign Language by James W. Guido.I will be checking it out.I have been looking for a good good introductory book to sign language.I think it is something we could all learn easily and invite people to share our world that would normally end up excluded.

  2. I like the "Make Art Everyday" book...anything that helps jumpstart creativity!

  3. I think my son would like the Find Your Way in Space book

  4. Cook Me A Rhyme would be a great book to share with young chefs! duchick at mchsi dot com

  5. Another book i would like is Drawing School

  6. I am interested in I Should be Writing- A Writer's Guide.

  7. I'd like to have

    If You Can Cut, You Can Collage.

  8. I would absolutely love to receive Ultimate Expeditions Mythological Beasts by L.J. Tracosas.

  9. I really like the Colored Pencil Pocket Palette book.

  10. Oh, I'd love 51 Things to Make with Paper Plates.
    Thanks so much for this great giveaway

  11. I would like Upcycling. It sounds like fun.

  12. Another book I'd like to give would be
    "Imagine a Forest by Dinara Mirtalipova Designs and Inspirations for Enchanting Folk Art". My e-mail is

  13. I would like to have this book: Felt Friends Woodland Critters by Aimee Ray.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  14. There are some kits under the kids section, such as the demolition lab mega smokestack, the robo bug,the crash test, and so many more that would be right at home in our house. Also the Splice, Sequence, Strategy. I too, would love the Felt Friends Woodland Critters book by Aimee Ray if we are speaking strictly of books.

  15. I'd like to give the Color With Me Grandma book to my mom. She loves to color and would love to have a special book to share with her granddaughters.

  16. I want SO MANY of their books!!! Here is the short list:
    Playing with Paper by Helen Hiebert
    Quilling Creations: Flora & Fauna by Cecelia Louie
    Playing with Pop-ups by Helen Hiebert
    Making Art From Maps by Jill K. Berry
    Paper Cut Pictures by Clover Robin

  17. I'd love the Tim Burton book and the book on vegetable gardening.

  18. I'd love to have the Keto Slow Cooker & One-Pot Meals by Martina Slajerova.